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Hackers using Boston tragedy to build ‘botnets’

• David Shamah via

Spammers, hackers, and general Internet no-goodniks have hit a new low, according to Israeli web security company CommTouch. “In the wake of the tragedy in Boston, hackers are sending out e-mails designed to prey on the worries of people whose loved ones may have been caught up in the bombings, or who are following the breaking news.”

The two bombs that exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday have had repercussions far beyond that city; officials in New York, London, and many other places where large-scale public events take place on a regular basis are redoubling their security efforts and sharpening their procedures.

But the bombings have also had a profound effect on the cyber-world, as well. “The hackers started taking advantage of the mayhem in Boston almost immediately,” the company said. “Already at 6 p.m. Monday Eastern time, the first e-mails were sent out designed to take advantage of the worry and concern of people around the world.”

The messages had titles like “News bulletin: the Boston marathon explosions,” “Exclusive footage of Boston explosions,” “Live feed from Boston,” and the like — all designed to get recipients to open the messages and click on links, which would bring them to sites where harmful malware would get downloaded onto their computers.

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